What You Can & Can't Do In VIC Now That Melbourne's Back In Full Lockdown
As you would’ve likely heard by now, Melbourne’s back in lockdown.
Yesterday (Tuesday), after Victoria recorded its largest daily increase in COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, Premier Dan Andrews announced a six-week lockdown in both Melbourne and the shire of Mitchell, kicking off from midnight tonight.
Those areas will be placed back into stage 3 restrictions with people only allowed to leave their homes for four reasons: for work/school, care/caregiving, exercise or buying food/essentials. But with the new restrictions come lots of questions. We answer them all below.
How do I know if I live in metro Melbourne?
‘Metropolitan Melbourne’ districts going into lockdown include Banyule, Hume, Moreland, Bayside, Kingston, Mornington Peninsula, Boroondara, Knox, Nillumbik, Brimbank, Manningham, Port Phillip, Cardinia, Maribyrnong, Stonnington, Casey, Maroondah, Whitehorse, Darebin, Melbourne, Whittlesea, Frankston, Melton, Wyndham, Glen Eira, Monash, Yarra, Greater Dandenong, Moonee Valley, Yarra Ranges and Hobsons Bay.
And then of course the Mitchell Shire is also included in the lockdown. More on exactly which suburbs these areas comprise here.
If you’re living elsewhere in Victoria, most of the rest of this explainer won’t be relevant to you.
Can I travel to exercise under Melbourne's reimposed lockdown?
No, you can’t. If you’re in lockdown, you can’t travel to other parts of Victoria to exercise – you can only exercise near home and with one other person outside of your household, max.
Some good news, though: fishing, boating, surfing and playing tennis are allowed within lockdown areas.
Can I visit a restaurant, café or bar in Melbourne's lockdown?
Nope; restaurants and cafés in those lockdown suburbs will only be open for takeaway or delivery. The following businesses will again be closed in Melbourne for six weeks:
- Pubs, bars and clubs
- Beauty salons apart from hairdressers
- Libraries / community centres
- Indoor sports centres
- Pools and gyms
- Places of worship
The full list of what’s now shut in Melbourne's lockdown suburbs right here.
Can I visit my partner during Melbourne's lockdown?
Yep, even if you and your partner are inside a lockdown suburb, you can still visit each other's homes.
Can I have people over?
No, if you’re in a lockdown suburb, you can’t have guests over. Outside your home, you can gather with your household members or in groups of two, max.
Are buses, trains and trams still running in Melbourne?
Yep, public transport’s still operating, but if you do feel sick, don’t use it. As always, maintain social distancing and good hygiene.
Can I go on holiday outside of Melbourne in lockdown?
Premier Dan Andrews said if you’re already on holiday in Victoria, you can complete it, but if you haven’t gone on your trip yet and live in those lockdown suburbs, you now won’t be allowed to go away for the next six weeks at least.
If you don’t live in a lockdown suburb, you are allowed to holiday around other parts of Victoria – you just can’t leave the state.
If your head is a little scrambled, make sure you pop over to WHO.int to get all of your official COVID-19 updates.
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